Short Introduction to Teac and its Turntables, Record Players – updated in 2017!
Teac is one of the best and most popular electronics brand in the world specializing in the audio entertainment industry. They gained popularity and trust among customers mainly by manufacturing and selling high quality radios, CD-players, cassette players and hi-fis. Having experience in producing high quality entertainment products, the company decided to start selling turntables, as these devices are proved to give the best and most authentic sound quality of all the different audio devices available on the market.
As of today, Teac doesn’t have a very wide selection of turntables but we can say that the ones you can buy from them are generally of high quality, just like all their other products. They focus on the production of mid-priced record players, all of them cost above 200 dollars but the price tag stays under 500 dollars in all cases. They don’t want to sell low-priced, entry level items (let’s say under 100 dollars) because they believe that would lead to usage of lower quality materials that they want to avoid at any price. <Click here to check the price of the most popular Teac turntables>
This page is dedicated to the brief overview of the best Teac record players. We are going to go through their main and special features as well as the most important pros and cons each has.
1. TEAC TN-300 Analog Turntable with Built-in Phono Pre-amplifier & USB Digital Output – The Most Popular One
Teac TN-300 is without any doubt the most popular record player Teac has produced till now. It is built of high quality aluminum with a cabinet made of wood with beautiful glossy finish. This outstanding wood exterior makes this turntable probably the most beautiful modern turntable you can buy for money today. It is also available in 6 different colors that is extremely rare. You can usually choose from maximum 3 different colors, in this price category even less. It mean, that no matter what taste you have you will certainly find the color you will fall in love with. <I want to check the available colors>
The TN-300 needs this very nice design to be able to compete with its competitors. We think that this price category has the strongest competition. The TN-300’s strongest competitors are the Audio Technica AT-LP1240, Rega RP1, Denon DP-300F and the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. All great turntables. We found the AT-LP1240 to be the best of all but it was a very difficult choice. As for design we agree that the TN-300 wins by a mile, especially with all these available color options.
- Beautiful design
- You can choose from 6 different color options
- Made of wood and aluminum, no cheap plastic on this turntable
- Weaker in sound quality than some of its competitors
- It plays at only 2 speeds: 33 1/3, 45 RPM
- Glossy black finish is hard to keep clean
2. Teac LP-R550USB CD Recorder with Cassette Turntable – “The Almost All-In-One”
Almost, because there are no speakers in the package. However, that is not a disadvantage in any event. Sometimes, the stock speakers are not of great quality. As there aren’t any external speakers in the package, you can buy any you want if you’re not satisfied with the volume the LP-R550 can produce.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one turntable that has USB output, plays at all 3 speeds, allows you to record audio from vinyl to CD or cassette and that also comes with a remote control, the LP-R550 is definitely a produce to consider. Especially, if you have about 300-350 dollars to spend on your new device. <Check the current best price and read real customer reviews>
However, we have to mention that for this amount of money there are better options for sale. Just checked for example Jensen’s all-in-one turntables. Those ones are not more expensive but perform better than the LP-R550. We are still going to cover two other all-in-one turntables made by Teac on this page and those two are definitely better than the LP-R550, even they are less expensive.
- 3-Speed Turntable (33-1/3, 45, 78 rpm)
- It has a Remote Control
- CD-R/RW Recording from Phono, Tape, Tuner, AUX
- Weight: 24.3 lbs – pretty heavy
- The built-in speakers could be louder and better quality
- Definitely not the best product of Teac, their other turntables are of better quality
3. Teac MC-D800-CH All-In-One Turntable Speaker System with Bluetooth – The Real Teac All-In-One Turntable
This is the real all-in-one Teac record player that comes with external speakers in the package. More precisely it comes with 2 x 10 Watts speakers that provide very good sound. The biggest advantage of the separate speakers is that you don’t have to be afraid of a lower sound quality caused by the vibration of the built-in speakers. We are not saying that in the other Teac models having built-in speakers, the vibration is an issue, but it happens to be a problem in the case of some other turntables.
As for the design we really like the MC-D800 and its classic-modern design. It is also made of quality wood and aluminium. Some part of it are made of plastic, but it doesn’t feel cheap.
This turntable, as its name shows, does everything as for audio entertainment: It plays vinyl at all 3 speeds, plays CDs and also has a cassette player. It comes with a Sapphire stylus and Teac provides replacement stylus as well, so that you can enjoy their product for as long as possible.
The biggest surprise for us is that the Teac MC-D800 has Bluetooth Audio with NFC Pairing. You can set up Bluetooth simply by tapping your phone to the top of the unit. This is something that you cannot do with most of the record players, not even with more expensive ones. <Read some customer testimonials>
- Auto-return 3 speed Turntable with Sapphire stylus.
- Flexible Turntable – Auto-return 3 speed Turntable with Sapphire stylus.
- Really good value for the money
- There is no way to fine-tune the speed of the turntable
- Some people think that it plays music slightly higher in pitch than the original
- The arm feels cheap compared to other parts of the device
4. Teac LP-P1000-CH All-In-One Turntable Speaker System with Bluetooth
The LP-P1000 is basically the even better, more competitive version of the MC-D800. It has everything the D800 and more. We don’t want to repeat what we have already mentioned at the previous section so, we are going to focus on why it is better than the MC-D800.
It comes with 2 x 25 Watts separated speakers, meaning that the volume is bigger than in the case of the MC-D800. It has a tray loading CD player which is compatible with CD-R/RW discs and MP3/WMA files. It has 2 Aux inputs, thus you can plug in an MP3 player to the front or the unit, or connect the rear aux in to your TV, game system, PC etc. It can also playback music wireless over Bluetooth. <Check the current price>
Frankly, there is almost nothing this all-in-one turntable cannot do. On the top of all these it also looks pretty good, a combination of classic and modern design.
This is with no question Teac’ best all-in-one turntable. It is more expensive than the MC-D800 and costs about the same as the LP-R550.
- 25 X 25 watts Output Power
- Wireless Music Playback over Bluetooth
- Nice Design
- Some customers had problems with the controller
- CD player may be defect (fortunately, Teac has a great warranty)
- No weight control on the turntable arm which may affect the playback quality
If you’re looking for an all-in-one turntable, we recommend you to check the MC-D800, the LP-P1000 and its competitors from Jensen. We find the LP-R550 to be overpriced for what it offers, especially with such in-house competitors.
In case you just want a really good turntable around 300-400 dollars, nothing more, nothing less, you should definitely consider the TN-300. However, as already mentioned, it also has a very strong competition with the AT-LP1240 on the top.